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But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,
King James Bible
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
American Standard Version
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face;
Young's Literal Translation
'But thou, fasting, anoint thy head, and wash thy face,
Matthew 6:17 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Anoint thine head and wash thy face - These were forbidden in the Jewish canon on days of fasting and humiliation; and hypocrites availed themselves of this ordinance, that they might appear to fast. Our Lord, therefore, cautions us against this: as if he had said, Affect nothing - dress in thy ordinary manner, and let the whole of thy deportment prove that thou desirest to recommend my soul to God, and not thy face to men. That factitious mourning, which consists in putting on black clothes, crapes, etc., is utterly inconsistent with the simplicity of the Gospel of Christ; and if practised in reference to spiritual matters, is certainly forbidden here: but sin is so common, and so boldly persisted in, that not even a crape is put on, as an evidence of deploring its influence, or of sorrow for having committed it.
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Ruth 3:3 Wash yourself therefore, and anoint you, and put your raiment on you, and get you down to the floor...
2 Samuel 14:2 And Joab sent to Tekoah, and fetched there a wise woman, and said to her, I pray you, feign yourself to be a mourner...
Ecclesiastes 9:8 Let your garments be always white; and let your head lack no ointment.
Daniel 10:2,3 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks...
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Ruth 3:3 Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don't let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking.
2 Samuel 12:20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.